Saturday, April 17, 2021

Saturday PA Capitol & COVID NewsClips 4.17.21

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Stephen Caruso: PA Republicans Eyeing Tighter Voter ID Requirements To Meet Veto Wall By Gov. Wolf

WITF: Election Experts Recommend What PA Counties Have Been Asking For All Along: More Time To Get Mail-In Ballots Ready For Counting

AP: 2020 Election Keeps Coming Up In Race For Open Seat On PA Supreme Court

WESA: As 2020 Census Results Loom, Fmr. Gov. Thornburgh’s Son Travels State To Raise Awareness Of Gerrymandering

ErieT: Corry Restaurant Owner Jason Monn To Run As Republican For PA Governor

Stephen Caruso: Auditioning For Lt. Gov, Rep. Sims Raises $285,000 In First 6 Weeks Of Statewide Campaign

Inquirer: People Fleeing NY, NJ For Poconos Could Give PA Democrats New Stronghold

Inquirer: Merck CEO Kenneth Frazier: ‘It’s A Mistake For Corporations To Take Democracy For Granted’

Paul Muschick: We Deserve The Truth  About Lehigh Valley Mail Delays, And We Aren’t Getting It

Dept. Of State: Governor’s Disaster Declaration Enables COVID-Related Waivers To Allow More Professionals To Provide Vital Health Care

PA Gaming Control Board: Total Gaming Revenue Exceeded $403 Million For First Time

ScrantonT Editorial: Best Bet: Permanent Smoking Ban At Casinos

PA Cap-Star: ‘Erie County Is Ready’: Tyler Titus Looks To Become PA’s First Openly Transgender County Executive

PG: Allegheny County Bar Assn. Updates Judicial Candidates Ratings

Gov. Wolf: Statement On Gun Violence In Indianapolis, Calls For Action On Gun Reforms To Reduce Gun Violence

Ford Turner: PA Lawmakers Discuss Bill To Make Holding Cellphone While Driving A Crime

Op-Ed: ‘Biden Bucks’ Should Cancel Plans For State, Local Tax Increases - House Republican Leader Rep. Benninghoff

Op-Ed: Will PA Lawmakers Pass Local Police Radar Bill, Or Let It Pass Them By Again?

Op-Ed: Support The ‘Save Women’s Sports Act’ [From Transgender Females] - Rep. Keefer (R)  

NPR: Republicans, Democrats Largely Oppose Transgender Sports Ban Legislation, Poll Shows

LancasterOnline: Millersville U. To Acquire Residence Halls, Reduce Housing Rates

YorkD: New York College Program To Cover Tuition For Eligible York County Students

CourierT: Bill Seeks $50,000 In Student Loan Aid For First-Time Homebuyers In PA

AP: Fmr Temple U. Business Dean Indicted In Rankings Scandal

AltoonaM Editorial: PA School Employees Pension Fund Investigation Troubling

ErieT: PA Supreme Court Gets Appeal Of Order Barring Erie County Judge From Handling Son’s Case

Inquirer: Retired Philly Cops Knock DA In First TV Ads Of Primary

TribLive: Pittsburgh Mayor Orders Crackdown On Contractors Committing Tax Fraud

Dept. Of Labor & Industry: PA’s March Unemployment Down 0.1% From February To 7.3%

AP: Pennsylvania Jobless Rate Fell In March, As Payrolls Grew


WHYY: Fetterman Dwarfs Competition In First Fundraising Numbers For PA U.S. Senate Race

Civil Justice

Gov. Wolf: Activates PA National Guard At Request Of Philadelphia Under Disaster Emergency Declaration

AP: Philadelphia Prepares For Potential Unrest Following George Floyd Murder Trial Verdict

Inquirer: PA National Guard Activated As Philly Preps For Potential Unrest

WHYY: Philly Officials Call For Peaceful Protests, Not Destruction In Anticipation Of George Floyd Murder Trial Verdict

WHYY: Philly Major Writes Open Letter To City Ahead Of Verdict In George Floyd Murder Case

PennLive: Harrisburg, Capitol Police Increase Security Ahead Of Verdict In George Floyd’s Death

BillyPenn: Averting Another Walter Wallace, Jr. Tragedy: $13 Million Boost For Mental health Crisis Response In Philly

PennLive: Black Leaders In Harrisburg Fear Consequences Of Acquittal In George Floyd Murder Case

PennLive: Defacing Of Martin Luther King, Jr. Mural In State College Considered Hate Crime: Pollice

WHYY: Penn Medicine Study: Living In Majority-Black Neighborhoods In Philly Linked To Increased Maternal Health Issues

PG: BNY Mellon Cuts Jobs Again

PA’s Role In Assault On U.S. Capitol

TribLive: Mercer County Woman Charged In Assault On U.S. Capitol Could Have Bond Revoked Over Mesh Face Mask

CBS Pittsburgh: Judge Said Mercer County Woman Charged In Assault On U.S. Capitol Acted To ‘Mock and Flout’ His Order To Wear Face Mask 

WITF: 100 Days Later, FBI Arrested More Than 400 In Assault On U.S. Capitol, About 10% Are From PA

Paul Muschick: We Deserve The Truth  About Lehigh Valley Mail Delays, And We Aren’t Getting It

The Guardian: Far-Right Oath Keepers Member First Suspect To Plead Guilty In Assault On U.S. Capitol

AP: New Conservative Congressional Caucus Group Would Save ‘Anglo-Saxon’ Traditions

WSJ: Congressional Lawmakers Who Voted Not To Certify Biden’s Wind Saw Drop In Campaign Contributions From Business

FinancialT: Congressional Republicans Loyal To Trump Set Fundraising Records In First Quarter


Dept. Of Health: Reports 56 Additional Deaths Due To COVID; 5,650 New Cases-- 4.16.21

PG: Allegheny County Reports 491 New COVID Cases; Weekly Count Falls

ErieT: COVID Cases Rise In Erie For 3rd Straight Week

ScrantonT: NE PA Still In Grip Of 4th Strong Surge In New COVID Cases

ErieT: Some Migrant Children From Border Now Housed In Erie Test Positive For COVID

Inquirer: COVID Cases Rising Significantly Among Kids And Teens In Philly Region

AP: Pennsylvania Sounds Alarm On Vaccine Hesitancy

PennLive: Call For Arms: With COVID Vaccine Supply Strong, PA Health Officials Ask Everyone To Sign Up For Shots

Gov. Wolf: Visits Penn State Health Vaccination Clinic, Discusses Rollout Progress

WHYY: Philadelphia Expands Vaccine Eligibility To All Adults

PG: Half Of State’s Nursing Home Staff Declined Vaccination

ErieT: 21 to 70%: Staff Vaccinations Rates Vary At Erie Nursing Homes

MCall: Lehigh Valley Farmer Got His Vaccination, Why He Said Others Should Get Shot Too

ErieT: Volunteers Aid County’s COVID Vaccine Clinics

AltoonaM: Portage Ramps Up Vaccination Efforts In Cambria County

PennLive: PA Seniors Seeking COVID Vaccines Can Get Help

WilliamsportS Editorial: Think Of Getting Vaccine As Doing Your Civic Duty

ScrantonT Editorial: J&J Case Shows System Works

YorkDR: Post-Acute COVID Syndrome: COVID Survivors Struggle With Symptoms After Recovery

Dept. Of Health: Announces Free COVID Testing Site In Northampton County

MCall: Free Testing Site Opens Monday In Easton

TribLive: Westmoreland County School Board Member Dons Paper Bag In Protest Of COVID Mask Policy 

ScrantonT: Partying To Blame For COVID Cases In Lackawanna County H.S.

TribLive: Lack Of Bus Drivers Remains Major Problem At Pittsburgh Public Schools

State Police Liquor Enforcement: Issued 26 NOVs, 85 Warnings For COVID Violations April 5-15

PG: State Police Liquor Enforcement Cites 27 Businesses In Pittsburgh Region For Breaking COVID Rules

TribLive: Bars, Restaurants Hit With COVID Violations In Western PA

Dept. Of State: Governor’s Disaster Declaration Enables COVID-Related Waivers To Allow More Professionals To Provide Vital Health Care

MCall: As Vaccination Numbers Climb, Lehigh Valley’s Public Markets Turning The Corner

WITF: Hospitality Industry In Gettysburg Battles Staffing Shortages As Business Picks Up

MCall: Find Out Which Liquor Lehigh Valley Residents Spent $7.6 Million On During Pandemic

ScrantonT: Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Facing More Challenges

Federal COVID Aid Available

ScrantonT: Applications For Rent, Utility Relief Lagging In Many Counties

Federal COVID Aid

LancasterOnline Editorial: Commendable Distribution Of Federal CARES Funds To Lancaster County Businesses


Economist: 32% Of White Evangelicals Said They Don’t Want To Get Vaccinated

The Guardian: Ontario Gives Police Sweeping Powers As COVID Crisis Spirals Out Of Control

PennLive: Despite Being Fully Vaccinated, 5,800 People In U.S. Have Contracted COVID, CDC Says

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